Title: The Mistletoe Experiment
Author: Serena Yates
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (115 PDF pages)
Rating: 4 out 5 stars
A guest review by Lily
A nice conclusion to Serena Yates’ entertaining Mistletoe Science series.
Book three in the Mistletoe Science series
Lance is on cloud nine. His lover Magnus has proposed to him, making Lance the happiest man on Earth, and they are planning to move their family to Sweden for Magnus’s new job at Stockholm University. But when an old enemy resurfaces, followed by an unexpected new threat to their relationship, their new life in Europe with Magnus’s nephew Jakob turns out to be very different from what they had hoped.
Will Lance and Magnus’s love be strong enough to make their Mistletoe Experiment a success?
Lance and Magnus are back in this sweet and satisfying conclusion to the Mistletoe Science series. Their story began in The Mistletoe Phenomenon and continued with The Solstice Mistletoe Effect, which was reviewed here. At the end of book two the lovers had reunited after a brief separation and were happily looking forward to getting married and moving to Stockholm.
As this story begins Magnus, Lance and Magnus’ nephew Jakob are on their way back from Sweden to Mistletoe, Wyoming where they live. Lance and Magnus are looking forward to making a permanent move back to Stockholm where they are planning to get married. Magnus has been offered a great job at the university and since Lance’s relationship with his future in-laws is now a happy one they’re all excited to begin their new life as a family.
Before they can make their move however they have to deal with the trial of Jakob’s kidnappers and the effects of their move on Lance’s family. Finally they make the move and they begin to settle into their new lives. With Magnus busy at work it’s up to Lance to plan their wedding and keep their household running smoothly. Luckily for Lance he loves his role as a househusband and when he strikes up a friendship with a neighbor he has someone happily willing to help with the preparations. Just as thing settle down however Magnus is forced by his job on an extended research trip to Antarctica. How will this affect their upcoming wedding plans? And will there even be a wedding when Magnus’ life is threatened while on the expedition?
I really enjoyed reading the third and final chapter in Magnus and Lance’s story. They’ve been through quite a lot since their first kiss under the mistletoe and are looking forward to getting married and living a normal, happy family life. They are nice, likable guys although at times throughout the series I’ve wanted to shake some sense into them both. Just like in the first two books there is great chemistry between them and now that they’ve been together a while and they are secure in their love their relationship is loving, fun and still very hot. I also really like how Jakob is portrayed. The poor boy has gone through a lot in his short life beginning with the loss of his parents and then his subsequent kidnapping and new family situation but he’s still overall a well-adjusted kid. Magnus, Lance and Jakob have formed a really nice family together.
Something else I really like about this series is the setting. Books featuring Sweden and the Swedish culture are rare in the romance genre which made this series all the more interesting. I’ve enjoyed the glimpses into the country and it’s people and customs that the author incorporated into the story. I can’t even imagine living without a full day of sunshine much less for weeks on end having just a bit of real daylight. It was interesting to read how Lance tried to adjust to that and other things.
Overall The Mistletoe Experiment is a well-written, entertaining and very sweet story. It may be too sweet for some readers but having read and enjoyed the previous two books it felt right to me. At times emotional, fun, interesting and quite hot as well this series is sure to please fans of the author as well as those looking for a sweet, romantic story. While this could be read as a stand-alone I do recommend reading all three of the stories to get the most enjoyment.